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R.I.P. Apache

US rapper who had short lived success with backing from A Tribe Called Quest and Naughty By Nature. His first appearance was in 1990 on 45 King, The Presents The Flavor Unit by Flavor Unit, The. Apart from his individual records (see below), he also featured on several albums (of Naughty By Nature, Tupac, Fat Joe, etc. ). Apache’s debut album “Apache Ain’t Shit” was released in 1991 and peaked at #66 on the Billboard 200 and #15 on the Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums. Also featured on the album was the hit single “Gangsta Bitch” which went to #67 on the Billboard Hot 100 and #11 on the Hot Rap Singles. Apache also released a single “Do Fa Self” in 1993 but he has yet to release another album or single.

Flavor Unit emcee Apache, born Anthony Teaks, passed away today (January 22) after a protracted illness. Damn, I loved that LP. I’m such a 90s hip hop fan. R.I.P.

DJ Premier Talks Nikes with BoBo

Statik Selektah Birthday Gig with DJ Premier Tonight

Also Statik Selektah‘s new album “100 Proof: The Hangover” release party at SOBs on the 3th of february with NYGz and Bahamadia! Bahamadia should really collaborate with Year Round Records! Support Statik!

Jesse Leyva Talking About DJ Premier & DJ AM Sneaker

DJ AM x DJ Premier Rival Pack Release Clip

Nike DJ AM & DJ Premier Recap

Crooked I Wants DJ Premier On His Next Project

He’s got a lot in store for this project, including a folder of beats from DJ Khalil and possible cuts from DJ Premier.

“Ah, man, I got a folder with some beats sent over to me from DJ Khalil. So, I’ma definitely go in with him. He’s one of my favorite producers right now. There’s some new kids out there and I make it my business to get with some of the new talent. There’s a kid named Quest out there who’s real hot. I’m gonna reach out to Alchemist. Then, I’ve talked to DJ Premier already so I wouldn’t be surprised if Premier has a few slappers on there, as well.”

Knowing that some fans have been anticipating a Premo/Crook collaboration for some time, he added that he couldn’t wait for it to happen.

“Aw, I can’t wait, man. I can’t wait for that combination right there. Hip Hop needed to see that a long time ago. I can’t wait to get with Premier.

Source: HipHopDX

DJ Premier’s Top 20 of 2009

Like every year DJ Premier present to you his top 20 albums of a year on LiveFromHQ, also in 2008 he did that. Here is Premo’s top 20 of 2009 guys, on DJPremierBlog:


20. DJ JS-1 – Ground Original 2: No Sell Out
19. La Coka Nostra – A Brand You Can Trust
18. Method Man & Redman – Blackout! 2
17. 50 Cent – Before I Self Destruct
16. M.O.P. – Foundation
15. Ghostface Killah – Ghostdini: Wizard of Poetry in Emerald City
14. KRS-One & Buckshot – Survival Skills
13. Saigon & Statik Selektah – All In A Day’s Work
12. Diamond District – In the Ruff
11. Canibus & Keith Murray – The Undergods EP

10. Slaughterhouse – Slaughterhouse
09. Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3
08. Statik Selektah – The Pre-Game EP
07. Marco Polo & Torae – Double Barrel
06. Royce da 5’9″ – Street Hop
05. Obie Trice – Special Reserve
04. Masta Ace & Edo G – Arts And Entertainment
03. OC & AG – Oasis
02. Raekwon – Only Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. II
01. Blaq Poet – Tha Blaqprint

Honorable mentioning: Alchemist “Chemical Warfare”, Fashawn “Boy Meets World”, Termanology “Hood Politics IV”, Beanie Sigel “Broad Street Bully”, Apathy “Wanna Snuggle?”, Grand Puba “Retroactive”, Skyzoo “The Salvation”, Warren G “The G-Files”, Bekay “Hunger Pains”, DJ Spinna & Sucio Smash “Sonic Smash”.

Note from DJ Premier himself:

I judge my list based on dope beats, dope rhymes, scratchin’ and cutting, creativity, uniqueness, originality, and overall packaging of the product’s integrity. I don’t care if you sold a million copies, that does not make it dope. I went through more than 60 LP’s released in ’09 on major and indie labels over and over to get it as close as i possible could to being satisfied with the list so here it is along with the list.

“Be Glad or Be Mad” -DJ Premier

Next week is DJ Eclipse filling in on LiveFromHQ!



Here you have a unreleased DJ Premier remix as present from me played on LiveFromHQ some time ago, I thought this is the good time to release this jewel. It’s a great leak now that we miss that raw M.O.P. DJ Premier heat, it’s from the 2003 track “Roc La Familia” featuring Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek and Beanie Sigel, what a beat, what a beat, I wonder why it never got released:

M.O.P. – Roc La Familia (Feat. Jay-Z, Memphis Bleek & Beanie Sigel) (DJ Premier Remix)
(Radio Rip)